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The official Kenilworth Flag
In the summer of 1987, Matthew Duffy was one of twenty Boy Scouts selected from Illinois to attend the World Jamboree to be held in Australia in 1989. As was the custom at Jamborees, the boys were asked to bring materials so that they could build something that represented their home area. The boys from Illinois Troop 1824 decided to build a replica of the Willis (then Sears) Tower.
It was also decided that each boy should bring a flag from his home city that would fly on the top of their tower. At the time, Kenilworth did not have an official flag. Searching for an Eagle Scout project, Matthew decided to design an official flag for Kenilworth and sell them to raise money for Troop 13.
Matthew’s original design included : twenty-two stars for the Kenilworth service members lost in various wars, the George Washington Elm tree, the Kenilworth village script logo, and blue stripes bordering the top and bottom to represent the sky and Lake Michigan. The colors blue, green, and white were chose as they are also the colors of Joseph Sears School and New Trier High School.
Matthew’s Eagle Scout project required the Village Board’s approval, which he easily obtained. Working with Navy veteran and long time Kenilworth resident, Harry Kelso, Matthew reviewed his design and colored the stars gold. Matthew also obtained permission to use the Kenilworth script logo from the original designers great-grandson.
The design complete, Matthew contracted with a local sign maker to create 100 flags. The flag was first flown over the 1988 Memorial Day weekend. He sold all 100 flags and shortly after the Village Board declared the flag to be official. Matthew dedicated the flag to his grandfather, Kenneth E. Duffy, who lost his life during World War II.
In 2003, the Village Board again voted without objection to declare the flag permanent.
In 2014, the Kenilworth eighth grade Girl Scouts were seeking a fundraising project. They decided to reissue the flag around Memorial Day, 2015. They used the raised funds to purchase a new flagpole for the Village.
We’ve recently installed the second textile rotation in our Preservation and Process exhibit. These items were soiled in the flood last June and have recently been restored. The jacket, skirt, and blouse are all original Sears family clothing. Come check out the details at KHS.
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We are excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibit! Preservation and Process: Preservation at the Kenilworth Historical Society. The mission of the Kenilworth Historical Society, is to preserve, collect and interpret local historical materials and make them available to the public. One of the most important aspects of the Society is preservation. Without historic materials we have nothing to interpret or share with the public. In order to serve as a museum and repository for these materials we need ongoing attention to preservation. In this exhibit, we will highlight various preservation techniques to maintain our archival, photographic, and object-based collections.
Featured in this exhibit are costume pieces, which have been recently restored after suffering water damage from last spring’s flood. Also, on display are a variety of metal, wooden, and paper artifacts that illustrate the various methods of preservation currently practiced at KHS. We have also highlighted the various properties in Kenilworth that have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. If you would like to learn more about preservation or check out some of these rarely seen artifacts, stop by the historical society.
The mission of the Kenilworth Historical Society, founded in 1922, is to serve as a museum and repository for the local historical materials that document the people, events, and organizations involved in the history of the Village of Kenilworth, on an ongoing basis. The society collects, preserves, and interprets these materials and makes them available to the public, both children and adults, through exhibits, programs, and access to its research collection.
Kenilworth, Illinois is located between the villages of Wilmette and Winnetka, sixteen miles north of the Chicago loop.
The Society is located in the Stuart Memorial Building, 415 Kenilworth Avenue in the center of the village, directly east of the train station and across the street from the Kenilworth Assembly Hall. Kenilworth Avenue is accessible from Sheridan Road on the eastern end and Green Bay Road on the western end.
Mondays, 9:00 t0 4:30 and Thursdays, 9:00 to 12:00 Kenilworth, Illinois is located between the villages of Wilmette and Winnetka, sixteen miles north of the Chicago loop.